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By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Longtime Western New York harness horseman John P. Cummings Sr. passed away on Saturday (May 11) after a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Cummings first got involved in harness racing in 1968 at the age of 22 through his brother-in-law Steve Flanigen. While working full time at both Trico Products and Bethlehem Steel (where he was a tradesman bricklayer) he started jogging and training horses with Flanigen and found what would soon become a lifelong vocation. 

He started out with a couple homebreds named Clippers Classic and Windjammer Munk and soon added overnighters like Don J and Jack Flood to build his stable. Then through his 42-year career he went on to train horse that included Pembroke Primo (1:55.4, $341,026), Mr. Casanova (1:53.2, $274,073), Cambestion (1:52.4, $184,892), Good Evening Smile (1:57.3, $89,219), Solitaire Hanover (1:53.2, $63,953), Pitch The Prez (1:54.4, $89,396) and New York Sire Stake winner Pass Now (1:55.2, $81,918). 

Mr. Cummings most notable horse was Arm And A Leg (1:54, $320,791) who in 2009 won 13 out of 39 starts and $86,000 to be named the Western New York Horse of the Year in a ceremony held at Batavia Downs. 

Over the years Mr. Cummings amassed 3,779 training starts with 731 wins, 574 seconds and 466 thirds and earnings in excess of $1.8 million. 

Although he did also drive, it wasn’t too often. Early on he used Flanigen who had more experience in the bike, and then later he had several more viable options that provided him the luxury of staying solely in the jog cart. You see Mr. Cummings is not only known as a trainer at the track, he also has the distinction of being the patriarch of one of the largest family of drivers in New York State. Four of his five children were boys who were brought up in the business since they could walk. 

John Cummings Jr., Tony Cummings, Todd Cummings and Kevin Cummings were taught the ropes by their father and have all been training and driving since they were old enough to get their licenses. And now Todd’s son Kyle Cummings has made his grandfather proud by breaking out on the racing scene earlier this year with his first driving win.

All told, Mr. Cummings impact on harness racing through himself and his family has been 54,387 starts with 8,272 wins and over $38 million in earnings. That is a family tradition. 

Although his wife, children and horses were his primary passion, when Mr. Cummings had any free time he enjoyed playing cards and was also an avid bowler. He did roll a 300 game and proudly wore the ring he received indicating that milestone everyday. 

"Harry", as he was affectionately known by everyone, had an affable personality and the ability to make people laugh in any situation throughout his entire life and his presence will be sorely missed by all that knew him. 

John Cummings Sr. was the beloved husband of Lallah (nee Flanigen) Cummings; devoted father of John Jr. (Megan Wilson), Anthony (Barbara), Colleen (Tim) Gallagher, Todd (Tammy), and Kevin (Rhonda) Cummings; son of the late Edward and Dorothy (nee Pike) Cummings; loving brother of Edward (late Clara), Frank, late Dorothy "Snookie" and late Peter Cummings; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Friends will be received on Tuesday (May 14) from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road (corner of Camp Road and Route 5) Hamburg, NY. A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday (May 15) at noon at Saint John Paul II Parish 2052 Lakeview Road, Lakeview, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.

Batavia - Margaret F. Gallagher, age 101, of Batavia, legal secretary for Noonan, Hughes and Mahoney in Batavia, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born November 14, 1917, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Frank and the Mary Canty Gallagher.

A member of St. Joseph's Church, she was a member of St. Joseph's Sodality and Ducks Unlimited. She enjoyed reading and playing cards.

Surviving are her sister, Rita Lynch of Rochester and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She is the sister of the late Mary Gallagher, Joseph Gallagher and Dolores Potter.

There will be no prior visitation. Members of St. Joseph's Sodality will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street to recite the rosary. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. with Fr. Ivan Trujilio celebrating. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, pleaase visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.                                   

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

HENRY ALEXANDER JOSEPH KILANOWSKI ~ Age 80, of Batavia, died Wednesday May 8, 2019 at the Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Henry was born in Buffalo, NY on May 18, 1938 to the late Alexander and Cecelia (Olejniczak) Kilanowski also preceded in death by a sister, Eve Kilanowski.

Henry was retired from the General Motors Delevan Plant after many years of service and was a true NY sports fan. He enjoyed the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Sabres. He was an avid sports card collector and enthusiast as well as wildlife lover of all creatures big and small. Henry attended the United Pentecostal Church in Batavia which allowed him to find his faith in the Lord later in life along with his public profession of rebirth expressed through baptism in February 2019.

He is survived by his loving children, John Kilanowski of Batavia, Eva (Thomas) Graham of Pavilion and Carol (Jason Joseph) Cauthen of Corfu; beloved grandchildren, Julianna (Daniel) Hatch, Mikhayla Graham, Collin Graham, Adrianna Cauthen & Carissa Graham; great-grandchildren, Asher Henry & Asa Alexander Hatch; brothers, Raymond (Dolores) Kilanowski of Arizona and Arthur (Elizabeth) Kilanowski of Depew; his former wife and dear friend, Lorraine (Sloma) Kilanowski of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

As per Henry’s wishes a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 Noon, Thursday May 16, 2019 at the United Pentecostal Church, 180 Oak Street in Batavia. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Independent Living of the Genesee Region, 319 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Henry’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.








Steven “Hondo” J. Dedoszak, 61, of North Java was called from this Earth on Friday, May 10, 2019. He was born on June 26, 1957, the beloved son of the late John and the late Helen (Beglinger) Dedoszak in Buffalo, NY.  Hondo was preceded in death by his son, Alex M. Dedoszak on December 10, 2017 and his brother, Gerald Dedoszak.
Hondo is survived by his loving wife, Michele (VanCise); daughter, Kayli Dedoszak; sister, Jeanne (Dave Schwenkbeck) Eck; mother-in-law, Patricia VanCise, sister-in-law, Diane (Scott) Koorevich ; sister-in-law, Tami Dedoszak; brother-in-law, Mark (Gail) VanCise; many nieces, nephews, and 4 great nephews.

Hondo received his Master’s degree in Education and retired from the Alexander High School as Vice Principal. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Yankees fan.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Thursday May 16, 2019 from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Alexander Fire Department Recreation Hall 10708 Alexander Rd. Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday May 17th at St. Joachim & Anne Parish (St. Joseph’s site) 2311 Attica St. Varysburg, NY 14167.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or the North Java Fire & Rescue Squad 4274 Route 98 N. Java, NY 14113. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Barbara Barden Monacell passed away on May 7, 2019, at the age 80. Daughter of Aldwyn and Regina (Saller) Barden, she was born on September 10, 1938 in Petoskey, Mich., and grew up in Boyne City, Mich., with her younger siblings Ed and Carol.

Shortly after graduating from Mercy College of Detroit with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Barbara met her future husband Richard (Dick) Monacell. In 1965, they were married in Boyne City, Mich., and lived in Detroit for a year before moving to Rochester, N.Y. Barbara was a stay-at-home mom while her five children were growing up but resumed her nursing career after her children grew older. As a registered nurse, she worked and retired from Kirkhaven in Rochester, N.Y. Barbara loved to read, sew and spend summers with her family at their cottage on Lake Ontario. She enjoyed being active and was an avid tennis player, skier and a league bowler. She also liked visiting her children and grandchildren and frequently traveled to Michigan for college reunions.

Barbara is survived by her husband Richard Monacell of Brighton, N.Y.; children Jennifer Monacell of Richmond, Va., Jeanne Walton of Batavia, N.Y., Jeff (Olga) Monacell of Irondequoit, N.Y., Jacqueline (Konrad Starke) Monacell of San Jose, Costa Rica, and Joanne Monacell of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; grandchildren Taylor and Cameron Green, Rylee and Hayden Walton, and Jadi Zottner; brother Ed (Glory) Barden of Boyne City, Mich., sister Carol Huffman of Harbor Springs, Mich., sister-in-law Joanne Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on May 13 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at 15 St. Mary’s Pl., Rochester, NY 14607. Calling hours are at 8:30 a.m., Mass is at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter at 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620 or online at www.alz.org.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Arnold L. Swable, 86 of Darien Center, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (May 8, 2019) at United Memorial Medical Center.

He was born August 25, 1932 in Tonawanda, NY, a son of the late Charles and Evelyn Nogle Swable.

Mr. Swable was a carpenter by trade and employed by construction companies over the years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, where he was one of the few survivors of the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, bowling, golfing and trips to the casino. Most of all, he enjoyed his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the loving husband of Joyce (Zetterberg) Swable. Father of Aaron (Carolyn) Swable, Burt (Carol) Swable, late Ann (John) O’Shaughnessy and late Arleen (Doug) Shaw. Devoted grandfather of Eric (Leti) O’Shaughnessy, Collin (Kim) O’Shaughnessy, Kaylee Swable and Tyler Bruning. Great-grandfather of Clair Ann O’Shaughnessy.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.


Loretta Edgerton, 79, of Hernando Beach, Fla., passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019.
She was born to Henry and Elsie Dool on Dec. 4, 1939. Loretta will be especially remembered for her love of the Tampa Bay Lightning, her wit and the love she had for her family.
Loretta is survived by her mother, Elsie Dool, and two children: son, Jon Edgerton; and daughter, Mary Casselman, and her partner Edward Ide. She is also survived by sister, Linda and Gary Snell and two granddaughters, Sarah (Jim Schooley) and Amanda Casselman.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the American Cancer Society.
Services will be held graveside at Stafford Rural Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. (It is located on Transit Road in the Town of Stafford.)

ALDEN - John Snyder, age 61, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Snyder was born November 19, 1957, in Niagara Falls, a son of the late John and Marion (Barrett) Snyder.

He was a Corrections Officer for NYS Dept. of Correction at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden.  He was a member of HOG - Harley Owners Group, National Rifle Association and Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.  He was an avid Harley enthusiast.

Surviving are 2 sons, Mark Snyder of Victor and John E. Snyder of Tonawanda; a daughter, Elizabeth Hall of Sanford NC; a brother, Thomas Snyder of VA; 3 sisters, Kathy Wrona of MD, Teresa Snyder of Clarence and Ellen Osteen of GA and 3 grandchildren. 

Friends may call on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 3 to 4 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St. Batavia., NY where service will immediately follow at 4 pm.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.                 

Ann L. (Meyers) Buckenmeyer, 90, of Alexander, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 in her home surrounded by family. She was born in Alexander, NY to the late John and the late M. Cecilia (Hartrick) Meyers.

Ann grew up on the family farm in Alexander. She remained in Alexander her entire life and was active in many church and community organizations.  Ann enjoyed music and with her brothers and sisters formed a family band that played at local events when she was younger. She worked in Buffalo as a comptometer operator following high school.  But family was her focus: married 67 years with 6 children to raise, she was foremost wife, mother and head of the home, helping out on the farm with chores when needed.   Ann worked as a postal clerk and Officer in Charge at the Alexander and Alden Post Offices once the kids were all in school.  In the community she was busy as a 4-H leader, member of the Grange and Home Bureau and as a volunteer for the March of Dimes. She was a charter member of the Alexander Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and Rural Letter Carriers Assoc. Auxiliary.  Ann was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and served as Eucharistic Minister at St. Vincent’s Church.  But she always found the time to support her children and grandchildren in their school endeavors.

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Gerard; sons, Brian and Matthew; sisters, Helen Meyers and Rita (Asher) Borton and brothers, Walter and Jack Meyers.

Ann is survived by her children; Andrew (Sue) of Alexander, NY, Philip (Gail), of Liverpool, NY, Colette (Richard) Guarino, of Alexander, NY, Michelle Buckenmeyer of Rochester, NY, and Judy (John) Borner of Deerfield, NY; daughter in law, Laura, of Lake Ridge, VA; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister Joan ( Ralph) Parise.

Calling Hours will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday at Ss Joachim & Ann Catholic Church, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY. Burial will be in St Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fathers and Brothers Maryknoll Mission at donate.maryknoll.org in honor of Ann. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main St, Attica, NY 14011

 flag.jpg   Roger Townsend, 87, of Darien Center, NY passed away on April 24, 2019 in York, NY. He was born in Coxsackie, NY to the late Robert and the late Marion (Waldron) Townsend.  Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Greenwalt) on December 17, 2005.

Roger served in the US Navy from 1949- 1953 as a Radarman. He loved to fish, hunt, boat, read books, but mostly spend time with his family. He was a mechanic with United Airlines in Buffalo for over 40 years. He volunteered at Pine Hill Airport. Roger’s fondest moments were spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were his joy right until the end.

Roger is survived by his children, Alan (Wanda Wolfe) Townsend and Evelyn (Mark) Hilyard; his grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, Brandon, Samantha, Alan, and Emily; and his great grandchildren, Robin and Emmett.

There will be no prior visitation. A Celebration of Roger’s Life will held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Bruce Hilyard’s home, 60 Buffalo St., Attica, NY 14011. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bennington, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or by phone at 1-800-227-2345. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011.




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